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Oh I loved these books (and the cartoon) as a child. I particularly remember a book when Madeline gets sick and has to go to the hospital and how scared she is. Then everyone is so happy to welcome her home when she is better. I can't wait to read these books with my little girl!
One of the best things about having having kids is being able to share the things that you loved as a child with them. I remember reading about the “twelve little girls in two straight lines” who lived in Paris under the watchful eye of the benevolent Miss Clavel… the Madeline books were utterly charming and are still timeless today. It's hard to believe that Ludwig Bemelmans' beloved character is 70 this year!
Bemelmans' grandson is carrying on the family legacy with the first new Madeline book in nearly 50 years. Madeline and the Cats of Rome find Miss Clavel and her charges escaping the dreary drizzle of Paris for the bright skies of Rome. The story and artwork are very true to the original series and I was pleased to be able to share it with Roo.
Award-winning toy company Kids Preferred has launched a special collection to celebrate Madeline's 70th birthday. There are plush versions of Madeline and Genevieve, plus additional outfits and my personal favorite, the Talking Madeline Doll (a Toys R Us exclusive!).
This huggably-soft 17" Talking Madeline Doll says four phrases in both French and English. Roo's kindergarten class is learning French so it seemed like a particularly auspicious time to introduce her to Madeline. She likes practicing her French with Madeline and she has already surpassed the horrible accent I learned as a freshman in college. (Roo suffers the same brain lapse in the video below that I had in an oral exam cassette I came across recently… eek!)
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Disclosure: we received a free copy of Madeline and the Cats of Rome and a Talking Madeline Doll to facilitate this review and giveaway, mes amis.
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